Zoltan P. Rona, MD, MSc
Are heart disease, dental plaque, kidney stones, and a host of other calcium-deposit diseases really caused by an infection?
Are heart disease, dental plaque, kidney stones, and a host of other calcium-deposit diseases really caused by an infection? Research in the past decade suggests that diseases in which calcium accumulates inappropriately in the body (i.e., outside of your bones) may be caused by a bacterial infection.
The Discovery of Nanobacteria
More than a decade ago, researchers in Australia discovered that stomach and duodenal ulcers were caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. Antibiotic therapy successfully eliminated the infection, and ulcers healed dramatically, yet it took conventional medicine more than 10 years to accept H. pylori as the cause of ulcers. Prior to widespread acceptance of H. pylori, conventional doctors blamed stress and hyperacidity, ignoring the most effective treatment against ulcers.
Similarly, since 1990 there has been mounting evidence that abnormal calcification may be caused by a bacterial organism about 1/100 the size of a conventional bacterium, called Nanobacterium sanguineum (“nano” is the Latin word for very small or minute). While other microbes like Chlamydia and assorted fungi have been implicated in the development of abnormal calcification, research indicates that the more likely cause may be nanobacteria.
Researchers E. Olavi Kajander and Neva Ciftcioglu discovered in 1995 that nanobacteria secrete a sticky, calcium-rich coating that allows them to adhere to cells inside artery walls and to each other. The coating then calcifies into a shell, protecting the bacteria from the immune system as well as all antibiotics, radiation, and even chemotherapy. An inflammatory cascade is initiated in the artery or organ that ultimately forms hard calcific plaque. The plaque layers continually grow over a period of years, eventually leading to blood vessel or organ disease. Due to their small size, nanobacteria slip through conventional filters and can contaminate vaccines and other biological treatments.
The Calcium Bomb
A newly published book, The Calcium Bomb: The Nanobacteria Link to Heart Disease and Cancer by Douglas Mulhall and Katja Hansen (Midpoint Trade Books, 2004) provides a comprehensive list of health conditions reversed by killing off nanobacteria:
The authors contend that “no diet, drug, or therapy has shown clinical trial evidence of reversing every measurable indicator of heart disease, including inflammation, clotting, and soft and hard plaques that contain calcium deposits.” They claim that this is because nanobacteria are the cause of calcium deposits–and conventional medicine isn’t treating patients for nanobacteria. Studies discussed in The Calcium Bomb indicate that nanobacteria are found in human blood; they reproduce much more slowly than most viruses and bacteria; and they can be observed and cultured from the blood of healthy humans using special methods.
Ignored by Conventional Doctors
The idea that bacteria could be responsible for abnormal calcification in arteries, tissues, and organs is a very difficult concept to grasp in the context of a medical system that focuses on drugs and surgeries that treat the symptoms more often than the causes of disease. Most medical doctors believe that the cause of abnormal calcification is, as yet, unexplained.
Conventional doctors believe that blood is sterile, despite studies in the past decade that suggest otherwise. Dark field microscopy and various blood culturing techniques have demonstrated the presence of numerous bacteria and fungi circulating in the bloodstreams of healthy people, including Bartonella, Brucella, and Candida. Researchers have been able to isolate nanobacteria from coronary artery disease plaque and have observed kidney stones in animals exposed to nanobacteria. However, instead of ridding the body of nanobacteria, the posited cause of the calcium deposits, conventional medical practice is to perform bypass surgery.
The Four Criteria
Conventional medicine requires that four criteria, called Koch’s postulates (or Koch’s laws), be met in order to prove that, for example, an organism like H. pylori is the cause of peptic ulcers. In nanobacterial infections, these four postulates have also been met:
Despite passing the Koch’s postulates test, many conventional physicians still argue that there is not enough evidence to warrant treatment to eradicate nanobacteria.
Do I Have Nanobacteria?
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (March 2001) shows the presence of nanobacteria in beef cattle. Human infection with nanobacteria may be the result of consuming meat from infected cows and getting contaminated bovine serum vaccines. If you have ever had a vaccine, you may harbour nanobacteria in your blood, tissues, and organs.
There are basically two ways to determine if nanobacteria are present in your body. Naturopathic doctors in Canada can run tests for nanobacteria by sending patients’ blood samples to a lab in Montreal. The Calcium Bomb also contains information on how to order home kits to test for nanobacteria. The most accurate test is a blood test that measures both antigens and antibodies linked to nanobacteria. Another method is a special type of cardiac CT scan that calculates something called a calcium score. The higher the calcium score, the more likely the individual suffers from a nanobacterial infection.
Getting Rid of Nanobacteria
A recent variation of standard intravenous chelation therapy currently works best to reverse diseases caused by nanobacteria. EDTA (ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) chelation therapy uses an amino acid solution to dissolve calcium deposits in the body. The major accepted medical use for chelation therapy is to rid the body of toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper, arsenic, mercury, and other toxins. Some doctors, however, have utilized chelation therapy for treating coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, angina, high blood pressure, diabetes, intermittent claudication (cramping pain and weakness in the legs), Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and other circulation problems. Many diseases involving calcification may benefit from oral or rectal chelation.
The way to kill nanobacteria and reverse the diseases they cause is to strip away their calcium shell with EDTA and then attack the suddenly exposed nanobacteria with tetracycline. To date, this is the only antibiotic proven to be effective. Those allergic to tetracycline can use sulfa drugs and perhaps some others. It is conceivable that natural alternatives to prescription antibiotics could be used (e.g., oil of oregano, berberine, colloidal silver, etc.) but, as of this writing, no one has yet studied these alternatives.
Dr. James Roberts is a cardiologist who has had the most experience in treating coronary artery disease using the recommended protocol; he is considered an authority on the subject. Dr. Roberts suggests that a combination of oral EDTA with supportive antioxidants plus an EDTA rectal suppository and 500 mg of tetracycline all given once daily before bedtime is the most effective way of ridding the body of both the pathological calcium deposits and the nanobacteria.
Studies indicate that EDTA blood levels, when using this protocol, remain high 24 hours a day. Intravenous EDTA levels, on the other hand, return to zero shortly after the IV drip is removed. Higher, more stable EDTA levels ensure a quicker, more effective chelation process.
Dr. Roberts’s work further suggests that treating nanobacteria will lower calcium scores substantially within as early as four months after treatments have started. For patients who have had heart attacks or bypass surgery, the treatments may take one year or longer before calcium scores change for the better.
Recommended For My Patients
I have been using the nanobacteria treatment protocol in my practice for nearly a year now, mostly on people who have been advised by their specialists that they would have to live with their symptoms and no alternatives were available. Even in such severe cases, I have noticed at least a 75-percent improvement in arterial plaque (as seen on ultrasounds and CT scans) as well as in symptoms such as low energy, chest pain, and stamina.
While this approach to calcification diseases is not yet widely accepted by either mainstream medicine or intravenous chelation doctors, I expect this to change dramatically in the coming years.
For more information about The Calcium Bomb, see calcify.com.